Cover Crops Workshop
[ALTOONA, Iowa]—Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County is hosting a cover crops workshop on Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30-3 p.m.
Guest speakers, Tom Kaspar, USDA Agricultural Research Service cover crops researcher, and ISU Extension Field Agronomist, Mark Johnson, will boil down for attendees the “need-to-know” on cover crops. Discussion topics will include, why plant cover crops? What are the economic benefits? What species will establish best on an attendee’s particular farm? How does one plant cover crops to ensure the best outcomes including factors like planting rate and depth? And what does the research show is the most effective way to terminate cover crops?
“Tom Kapsar has been researching cover crops for more than 20 years,” said Johnson. “No one in Iowa has the background in cover crops that he has.”
Participants will also receive a copy of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. The workshop will take place at the Polk County Extension office located at 1625 Adventureland Dr. in Altoona. Registration is $20 per person or $30 for two from the same farm. Register by contacting Nancy Eichmann, customer service coordinator, at (515) 957-5760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.